Lake Sylvan Trail

EASY 25 reviews

Lake Sylvan Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near East Custer, SD that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.1 miles 107 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

A nice walk around Lake Sylvan. Good views. Easy walk.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Such a beautiful trail! Not all of it is a clean path, some spots are rocks that you have to climb over, which makes it fun! Some rocks are easy to climb up to get a gorgeous view of the lake.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this trail easy for beginners but beautiful for even those that do hiking a lot very scenic route.

3 months ago

We make this an yearly event. Always great views and an enjoyable experience

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful, fun.

4 months ago

walking
4 months ago

This actually can loop the whole lake. Pretty easy, but there is a bit of scrambling over rocks that will have to happen. Wear appropriate footwear! I saw a lot of people in flip-flops struggling along.

4 months ago

Great for beginners, especially kids. Took my 8 & 4 yr old daughters around it with ease. They loved it.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great opportunities for kids to climb rocks in addition to a fairly easy trail.

7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Great short hike! Beautiful lake and awesome rock outcroppings everywhere! Easy hike for kids as well.

geocaching
1 year ago

My top favorite place in SD

hiking
1 year ago

For a casual hike around the Hills, it's hard to beat the Sylvan Lake trail. At only a mile, it is a short hike, but the views are great for what is probably the prettiest lake in the Hills. It's not a hard trail and, aside from a brief trip up the other side of the dam, is relatively flat. You can also climb on different boulders and rock outcroppings for other views around the lake. A great casual hike!

1 year ago

Beautiful! We had planned on doing the Sunday Gulch trail but only had time for the lake trail, but it was totally worth it! Different views everywhere around the lake, and when the trail goes behind the rocks and dam it's lovely.

rock climbing
1 year ago

Pretty walk. Very crowded!

hiking
1 year ago

We did this hike with our dog
Had a blast
We will be back this next summer
(Just wish dogs were allowed on the beach - as long as owners clean up after them)

2 years ago

Beautiful walk around the lake! Would definitely recommend it!

2 years ago

3 years ago

This is one of the Black Hills gems. Beautiful lake with an easy path to enjoy it. Family friendly with a General store close by for fun stuff to buy to remind you of the trip.